A lot of blanket statements in your first post, so i'll correct them.
Yes, horse racing can be cruel. Ever been to the philly track? And I'm not talking about watching, but in the stalls. It's nasty. These horses are stalled all day except for one hour when they run, 90% of ALL RACEHORSES have ulcers, and I know at the Philly track, drugs are rampant.
Race horses aren't started at two, they're often started at 1 or 1 and half, and RACED at two. Raced at two means they have to be trained and order to race. All of the Race TBs we got in at school to break and train were a year old.
'The owners love their horses, always.'
No, they don't. Perhaps you need to meet some other owners, but there are a LOT of owners that don't care about the horse, they just care about the money.
'yes there are acedents, but none more than in eventing, jumping, barrel racing, and pole bending. '
Very big blanket statement, also VERY incorrect. "Around 800 racehorses die each year from fatal injuries suffered on US racetracks. An additional number of approximately 3,566 sustain injuries so bad that they cannot finish their races."
Huh, that's a lot. These are also the best guesses possible, because the Jockey Club REFUSES to publish details on how many horses actually die. Well, isn't that interesting!
For eventing, jumping, barrel racing? I can't find a number above a 100, and that's during competition. For eventing, I found '19 horses' for 2007-2008.
I think that racing can be done correctly, so that there is as little risk to the horse and rider as possible, but please don't think that the whole of racing is pretty. It's not--too much money involved.
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